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    Travel Diary NYC: Carriages, Disney, Broadway, & M&Ms

    I’m so excited to tell you about yet another day of my New York trip. Sorry for how belated this by now but I still think some of this stuff is fun to share.

    We squeezed in a lot on this day of our trip, starting with a food festival held in the city streets. The 9th Avenue International Food Festival to be exact. I had a great time walking around and taking it all in. Of course, it was by far the most crowded food festival I’ve ever been to, but that’s New York for ya. There were so many unique options. Everything from gyros to fried oreos. I got this incredibly delicious acai bowl topped with bananas, kiwi, and pineapple. Super delish! My mom also tried a “mozzarepa” and she said it was super yummy too.

    Oh, and NY may be a really big city but it’s a small world because we ran into some friends while we were walking around. How ironic, right?

    As soon as we were done there, we headed to Broadway because we’d bought tickets to see Aladdin. I was really excited since this was the first time I’d ever been to a true Broadway production. I can’t compare it to anything as it’s the only one I’ve ever seen, but I will say it was incredible and so hilarious. I’d definitely recommend it. I would have taken lots of photos but unfortunately that was strictly prohibited.

    Then we made our way towards Central Park but found some distractions along the way. First it was the M&M store. Anything and everything M&M can be found there I believe.

    Then my brother got a chance to check out some of the newest tech at the Microsoft building and even got invited to tour the building later. I think he’s going to share that with you soon.

    We saw some other major icons too, (places I only recognize because I’m a major movie fan), like Rockefeller Center, some cathedrals, and The Plaza Hotel.

    I know this was my first time here, but I genuinely felt like I’ve been here before simply because I’ve seen these place on the big screen so many times.

    We finally made it to the park and decided to take a carriage ride around since it had been a pretty long day already and we wanted to see as much as possible.

    It was such a great ride and we enjoyed the driver’s tour as he drove us along. After that it was time for some food so we went to find something yummy. We actually ate at a very unexpected place in Time Square called Dos Caminos, which I really enjoyed.

     

     

     

     

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    Travel Diary NYC: Visiting The Met

    Hey again! How was your weekend? I’ve been finishing up my photos from NYC to share.

    On the Saturday of our trip we went to The Met (aka: The Metropolitan Museum of Art ). Wow, it was incredible and I could say so many things about it, but mostly it was just beyond words. Before going there we stopped to get some food at Grand Central Station again and I got this really good Greek salad.

    You could spend so much time at this museum. I honestly only spent a fraction of my time in there reading the information plaques in front of each exhibit. If I’d tried to read them all I imagine it could take me a whole week or something. In fact, we were late getting out for the day so it closed before we were even able to see the upper floor.

    I felt like we saw some of the biggest highlights though. The Egyptian artifacts were so interesting and fun to look at. As were the European displays. I couldn’t even begin to show you a picture of everything so this is just a small glimpse.

    It’s so incredible to me to see these statues and treasures that have survived the test of time. Many of them have sweet and interesting stories to tell, however many others have a bit of a darker story. For example, one of the sculptures I read about was sculpted to portray the torturous death of being flayed alive and another was to tell the story of a man forced to choose between starvation and cannibalism. Historic or not, that’s a bit darker than I’d like.

    Also, I really enjoyed the armory and swords. I can’t get over how amazing it is to see these in real life.

    I guess I’ll have to visit there quite a few more times to explore everything. Oh well, I guess I’ll just HAVE to come back to New York to do that. I think I can make the sacrifice in the future. haha 😉

    For dinner we ended up eating at The Cheesecake Factory yet again because, for one, it’s a favorite, and two, it’s literally across from our hotel. It was delicious! Tomorrow I’ll share most of the rest of my trip pics.

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    Travel Diary NYC: Grand Central Station & Time Square

    Hey guys. So this post is honestly waaaay late in coming, sorry about that. After getting home from this trip everything has been such a whirlwind but, hey, I’m sharing it now. If you saw my last video you’ll have gotten a pretty good overview of my whole trip, but I still wanted to take some time to tell you more of the details of each day.

    Okay, time for lots photos.

    Already, since getting here just a day ago I feel like we’ve seen so much. My brother and I had the best time seeing all of the iconic spots and places. We arrived very late (NY time) and then spent all of the following day exploring the city.

    Well, obviously there is WAY more than can be seen in a day, so we’ve got so many more things on our list, but we did manage to make it to Grand Central Station, Time Square, a few different malls, and the 9/11 Memorial.

    We got some really good food in the food court at Grand Central Station and we also passed some delicious looking bakeries. OOOooh, and we got some broadway tickets for the weekend, I can’t wait!

    The busyness of the city is both exciting and maybe a little overwhelming, but I’m loving it as a change of pace. Although, living here wouldn’t be my choice. I have been really enjoying meeting so many kinds of people though. Oh, and so many random acts of kindness that have made me feel really good about humanity, you know? There really are so many nice people in this world and I feel like the city makes it easy to forget that.

    We ate dinner at The Cheesecake Factory that night with my parents and it was really good! (guess which one was mine 😉 )

    I’ll be sharing the rest of my trip in the next few posts. Have a great weekend my friends!

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    Travel Diary NYC – Video

    It’s been a crazy month so far, wow.

    I hope you had an amazing holiday weekend if you’re here in The States, or just an amazing weekend if not. We had some friends over for a grill-out and just chilled and enjoyed the surprisingly nice weather. I’ve been taking some time recently to step back and catch-up on life things so I hope you understand why it’s been a little quiet on the recipe side of things here on the blog. Not to mention I’ve been traveling quite a bit.

    Speaking of traveling, I was just in New York for an event for a site called DLive. I’ve never talked about it much on this blog but over the past year I’ve been sharing just a few videos there and I’ll be continuing to share more so so if you want to see it there you can click this link  otherwise I’ve embedded it from youtube here because (eh hem) I can’t figure out how to embed the DLive vid. I hope you like it! Also, I’m so new at video so please excuse all the mistakes 😉

     

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    Travel Diary Canada – BC Museum & Butchart Gardens

    It’s time for the final post about my trip to Canada! I’d be a little sad to end it if I wasn’t about to fly to New York. In this post I’ll be sharing the pics I took at the British Columbia Museum and then the Butchart Gardens. Starting off with this amazing smoothie bowl that I got from a place called JUSU inside of a building called The Atrium.

    After that I headed to the museum to see all of the exhibits. I’d definitely recommend a visit there if you are anything like me and enjoy some nerdy history facts. Although, it wasn’t all boring facts. There were plenty of fun things for the kids and the entire museum is full of elaborate displays. I really liked the natural history wing with all the animals.

    They just seemed so real! (Oh, and forgive the bad pics, it was really dark.)

    The human history was also quite interesting and had just as many fun things to look at. Lots of totem polls as the history of Canada is full of the indigenous peoples and SOOOO many languages. Wow, I had no idea there could be so many dialects within such a small range.

    There is also plenty of maritime history if you’re into that. Also, can we just take a moment to ponder the propriety of certain arts. I mean………….

    Eh hem, yeah, moving on. (There are kids here people!)

    After exploring the museum I headed out to the Butchart Gardens on a tour bus. It’s a bit of a drive outside the city but the tour guide made the whole thing pass quickly by telling so many fun bits of trivia about Victoria.

    The Japanese garden was one of the coolest. I loved the atmosphere walking through it.

    The gardens were incredible, however, I think you need to have had a little experience with gardening to truly appreciate all of the work. I have played with gardening in the past (not very successfully) so I was amazed at the beauty thriving all around me.

     

    It’s split into sections of different types of gardens. There’s the Japanese Gardens, Italian Gardens, Rose Garden, and Sunken Garden.

    I had such a great time exploring and walking around, but of course the day had to end so after that I headed back to my hotel to get ready for travelling home the next day. I hope you enjoyed seeing my adventures and I’m so SOOOO excited to share as much as I can from New York!

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    Travel Diary Canada – Victoria BC: Craigdarroch Castle

    Hey again.

    I’ve nearly finished up with all of the travel posts from Victoria, BC but I’ve still got a few things to share. I’m also really excited about some news I’ll be sharing really soon.

     

    So in this post I’m sharing a little about the Craigdarroch Castle. If you saw my post about Hatley Castle then you might remember me talking about the connection between the two castles. Hatley Castle was built by James Dunsmuir, the son of Robert Dunsmuir who built Craigdarroch Castle. There’s quite an bit of history tied into both of these structures, considering how young they are on a world history scale.

    Upon entering Craigdarroch you step into this small room that, while beautiful and ornate, might leave you wondering if the rest of the home was built for hobbits. However, once you go inside you immediately get a glimpse of a winding staircase that spans the entire castle and reveals how much you’ve got to explore.

    The entire building is set up for visitors. Each room has plaques and antiques on display, much like a museum, yet a little more natural and homey. I mean, the castle was actually constructed as a home to begin with and lived in by the Dunsmuir family for an entire generation.

    I won’t go into all the history I learned on my visit but I did find it interesting to know that after death of Robert, house was stripped and then through the years was used for so many things such as a WWII hospital and a college. In more recent years though, it has been restored. Of course, after so many years it’s impossible to think that the things on display now could have been the original furnishings of the home.

     

    The restoration team carefully searched for what is currently shown and I have a great appreciation for the work that was put into accurately matching the time period with antiques to refill the building.

     

    If you’re ever in the area I’d definitely recommend paying a visit to this Castle. I mean, who doesn’t love to spend the day exploring a castle?

    All the attention to detail was just so cool.

    After all the excitement of the day I was really hungry so I went to a place called The Noodle Box and ordered something delicious!

    So that was the highlights from this day of my trip. I’ll be sharing the rest soon!

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    Travel Diary Canada – Victoria, BC: Castles, Gardens, &…..X-men?

     

    Now I’m sharing some of the photos I took on the third day of my travels.

    This day was probably the most adventurous of them all, simply for the fact that I opted to use public transportation in an unfamiliar city. I rode the bus towards the outside of the city to pay a visit to the famous Hatley Castle. Let’s just say that after everything I had to do a little walking to get to where I was going, but the good news is that I got there. Oh, but the bad news is that I forgot my camera’s SD card so all of these photos were in fact taken on my phone. It just goes to prove that you don’t need a fancy camera to take some good shots.

    So the history of this building is very interesting and I wasn’t aware until my visit to Craigdarroch Castle the following day that there was a connection between the two.

    I won’t go all ‘history teacher’ on you and give you the whole story, but basically this castle was built by the son of Robert Dunsmuir, James Dunsmuir. Apparently, after the death of his father, his mother was made the beneficiary of the estate and the large family business. I’m not quite sure what led to what, but I’d say it was a classic case of why you should never mix business with friends and family. It ended in a lawsuit over the business in which James won and I visited the Craigdarroch castle the following day and was able to tour the entire thing so I’ll be sharing that soon, but as for Hatley castle, it unfortunately wasn’t open for touring on this day.

    Guess what? This building has been used in so many movies and tv shows that you’ve probably seen. Namely the 2016 Deadpool movie and most of the X-men movies. It was also in the TV series Arrow and Smallville. So yeah, I half expected a superhero to come around the corner. Aw, well no such luck but I did see some beautiful things.

    So in the next post I’ll be sharing the photos from the other castle I visited. Have a great week.